With some forecasts predicting a very cold and bitter winter ahead, we present our seasonal heating oil update. We will be following this closely throughout the season.

We've used data based on the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which publishes price data weekly on home heating oil in 38 states by dollar-per-gallon before taxes. Unlike natural gas and electricity, home heating oil is provided by independent retailers.

The latest price of home heating oil nationwide is $2.64, unchanged from last week and up 21 cents since the start of the season.

EIA's heating oil data is seasonal - from October through March. Here's a look at the series since its inception in 1990.